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(Updated) Otsego student held for alleged school threats PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 17 December 2012 15:52
TONTOGANY - An Otsego High School student was arrested Monday following an alleged threat to carry out a shooting at the school this week.
This incident occurred in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shootings that left more than 27 dead on Friday in Newtown, Conn.
Wood Count Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn said this morning that the student, identified as a 17-year-old male junior from Haskins, "had threatened to bring guns to school on Friday the 21st and shoot people." He noted that Dec. 21 is the end of the Mayan Calendar, which some have predicted to be the end of the world.
A statement issued by Superintendent Adam Koch stated "it was brought to the attention of the High School Principal Jeff Snyder and I on Friday afternoon that there were possible comments made about threats of violence that could occur at Otsego High School" this Friday, Dec. 21.
"The Otsego Local Schools contacted the Wood County Sheriff's Office and have been working together all weekend. Assisting with the investigation is the Haskins Police Department. We worked together in interviewing several students that were possibly involved in the situation."
A meeting, including parents, students, and staff, was conducted Sunday night about concerns regarding the issue. "On Monday, in addition to our School Resource Deputy," said Koch, "we had additional deputies at all of our school buildings and will continue to have a higher presence throughout the week."
Meetings were also held with staff on Monday, and Koch met with the high school student body to discuss the issue. Students with credible information were encouraged to speak with Snyder.
"Through the continued investigations (on Monday) we have students that came forward with credible information regarding the threatening statements made last week by a student."
The student was arrested after 2 p.m. by Bowling Green Police in the 4300 block of West Gypsy Lane Road. They had been contacted by the Sheriff's Office as to his whereabouts.
He was charged with inducing panic and disorderly conduct.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 December 2012 11:12

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